Chi­nese bor­der city talks tourism part­ner­ship with My­itky­ina

The Myanmar Times - - News - KHIN SU WAI khin­suwai@mm­

OF­FI­CIALS from a Chi­nese bor­der city want to fa­cil­i­tate tourism growth for both coun­tries through a multi-city, cross-bor­der pack­age.

Teng­chong, in China’s Yun­nan prov­ince, hosts about 7 mil­lion tourists each year.

City of­fi­cials want to draw more po­ten­tial vis­i­tors by co­op­er­at­ing with Kachin State’s My­itky­ina town­ship, which is sit­u­ated about two hours from the bor­der. In re­turn, town­ships in Kachin State and be­yond could see more Chi­nese tourists, as well as im­proved in­fra­struc­ture, such as bet­ter-main­tained roads.

“They want to have an ar­range­ment to travel to In­daw town­ship and the My­it­sone re­gion via My­itky­ina town­ship for two or three nights by car,” said U Win Htay, deputy chair of Man­dalay Re­gion Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Teng­chong Trade As­so­ci­a­tion first pro­posed the scheme and pos­si­ble ad­mis­sion into those re­gions with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Kachin State Hlut­taw, U Win Htay’s or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Man­dalay Yun­nan Tem­ple Kachin State Hlut­taw Speaker rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Septem­ber 29.

“The trav­ellers only need to pass the Kan Pite Tee bor­der gate. If their tourism busi­ness is good, our side will also get ben­e­fits,” U Win Htay said. “There are also many places to visit on their side.”

At the meet­ing, Chi­nese of­fi­cials also dis­cussed in­vest­ing in the farm­ing sec­tor in Kachin State. Agree­ments were laid out about how long vis­i­tors could legally spend in the other coun­try. They talked about ways to re­duce bor­der traf­fic and agreed to im­prove and main­tain the key thor­ough­fare of the My­itky­ina-Teng­chong road.

Tourism has been on the rise in Teng­chong – which has hot springs, recre­ational sites, and is recog­nised as a UNESCO World Her­itage Site – since 2005. Kachin State Hlut­taw Speaker U Tun Tin said that he sub­mit­ted a let­ter to the state gov­ern­ment about the Teng­chong tourism pro­posal. He noted, how­ever, that due to cur­rent se­cu­rity con­cerns re­lated to on­go­ing fight­ing be­tween the Tat­madaw and the Kachin In­de­pen­dence Army the plan may not be able to get un­der way im­me­di­ately.

“They said they want to hold a goods ex­hi­bi­tion here, in Manaw field. But I told them it is im­pos­si­ble at the mo­ment un­der re­gional se­cu­rity grounds,” he said. “They also sub­mit­ted a let­ter to state gov­ern­ment about im­prov­ing the trans­porta­tion and the Teng­chong-My­itky­ina road. But at the mo­ment, they can­not travel the road freely as they want to. They asked us for per­mis­sion to ex­tend their ba­nana farm­ing in My­itky­ina. But we can­not make a de­ci­sion about that. It’s up to the state gov­ern­ment.”

– Trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar

‘It is im­pos­si­ble at the mo­ment un­der re­gional se­cu­rity grounds.’

U Tun Tin

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